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Yaari ho gayi yaar se lak tunoo tunoo

Posted on: January 4, 2015

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Today (4 january 2014) is the 21st death anniversary of R D Burman (27 june 1939- 4 january 1994). He was only 53 years of age at that time, and it was unimaginable to realise that he was without work for several years during the last years of his life- and that too in an industry where he redifined the kind of music that would become the norm and an industry where he ruled the roost for well over a decade !

He was seeking to make a comeback with “1942, a love story” and he died before he could witness the unprecedented popularity of the music of this movie. He died unhappy and sad, which was not the end that an artist of his calibre and accomplishments deserved.

He may have beenn forgotten by the industry towards his last few years but fortunately, his contributions in enriching HFM has not been forgotten by music lovers. In fact, his music seem to be finding fans even among the younger generations of music lovers and even music composers.

I was lucky to have witnessed R D Burman’s meteoric rise in HFM industry before my “eyes” and in fact “ears”. His influence was so total that the only form of music that I regarded as worth listening to was the music composed by R D Burman. His contemporarty music directors also saw the writing on the wall and began to compose in R D Burman style !

Though R D Burman was the son of the legendary S D Burman, he did not have it easy at all when he tried to become a music director on his own. He served as as assistant to his father for several years and it appeared that he would be destined to stay an assistant music director all his life when he was offered “Chhote Nawaab” (1961) by Mehmood. Though accounts of how this movie was offered to R D Burman vary, one of the plausible account was that Mehmood wanted to sign S D Burman, but when the Sr Burman refused then Mehmood signed up junior Burman instead !

“Chhote Nawaab” (1961) was quite a decent musical effort by R D Burman. He wanted Lata to sing his first song as a music director and for that he approached her. And this had the welcome side effect that S D Burman patched up with Lata and began to use her voice again in his compositions.

Despite “Chhote Nawaab” (1961) songs being received well by music lovers, R D Burman failed to get any other assignment as a music director and he went back to assisting his father. Four year later, he was offered another movie and this time too it was the same Mehmood and the movie was “Bhoot Bangla”(1965). The songs of this movie were nice songs yet another. And as an added bonus, R D Burman even got to act in this movie !

R D Burman’s career as a music director was going nowhere despite his decent performances. Then he received a huge opportunity. Nasir Hussain decided to sign him up for his forthcoming movie. But the Hero of the movie Shammi Kapoor had to be convinced first. A meeting was set up with Shammi Kapoor. R D Burman sang the first song, a North East Folk music based song, hoping to impress Shammi Kapoor. Shammi Kapoor completed the line of the lyrics himself and told R D Burman that he was familiar with this folk song and that he has asked Shankar Jaikishan to create a song based on this tune !

Losing his nerve and composure, R D Burman sought Shammi Kapoor’s permission to get a break of a few moments. He went out, smoked several cigarettes, collected his nerves and went back. There he played and sang the other songs that he proposed to compose for the movie. This time it was the turn of Shammi Kapoor to jump up from his seat and exclaim that he was listening to a kind of music that he had never heard before and that this music would change HFM.

This thumbs up from Shammi Kapoor was the big break that R D Burman’s career was waiting for. R D Burman was signed up as the music director of this movie. When the songs of the movie were released, they took the music world by storm and a new musical talent was born !

The movie was “Teesri Manzil” (1966) of course, and R D Burman never looked back since. From then on, whatever R D Burman touched turned gold. In “Padosan” (1968), his music helped Kishore Kumar rise to the top among male playback singer, something that he was unable to do despite being there in the industry for two decades.

The first time I heard an R D Burman composition was the song “Mere Saamne Waali Khidki mein ek chaand ka tukda rehta hai”. At that time I did not know who the singer was and I did not even know that there is someone called a music director in movies ! I was informed by my maternal uncle that the singer was Kishore Kumar. The fact that R D Burman was the music director became known to me sometime later.

“Aradhana” (1969) was a huge musical blockbuster that firmly established Rajesh Khanna (as the heartthrob of millions) and Kishore Kumar (as the top male playback singer in the industry). Though “Aradhana” (1969) was officially composed by S D Burman, people like me regard the songs of this movie ascomposed byR D Burman, because S D Burman was indisposed for much of the time during the making of this movie and its music.

The floodgates of great R D Burman compositions were opened with a vengeance. We have heard about Rajesh Khanna giving 17 or so hit movies in a row, but I suppose that R D Burman gave a bigger number of musical blockbusters for a longer time.

Just look at the names of the music with R D Burman’s music in them-

Bahaaron ke sapne(1967), Chandan Ka Palna (1967), Abhilasha(1968), Pyaar Ka Mausam (1969), Waaris(1969), Ehsaan(1970), Puraskaar(1970), Kati Patang (1970), Raaton Ka Raaja(1970), The Train (1970), Adhikaar (1971), Amar Prem (1971), Buddha Mil Gaya (1971), Caravan (1971), Hangama(1971), Hare Rama Hare Krishna (1971), Laakhon Mein Ek (1971), Mela (1971), Paraaya Dhan (1971), Pyaar Ki Kahaani (1971), Sanjog (1971), Apna Desh(1972), Bombay To Goa (1972), Dil Ka Raja (1972), Do Chor (1972), Garam Masaala (1972), Gomti Ke Kinaare (1972), Jawaani Deewaani (1972), Mere Jeewan Saathi (1972), Parichai (1972), Rampur Ka Laxman (1972), Samaadhi (1972), Seeta Aur Geeta (1972), Shahzaada (1972), Aa gale Lag Ja (1973), Anamika (1973), Do Phool (1973), Double Cross (1973), Heera Panna (1973), Jheel Ke Us Paar (1973), Josheela (1973), Namak Haraam (1973), Raaja Jaani (1973), Yaadon Ki Baaraat (1973), Aap Ki Kasam (1974), Ajnabi (1974), Benaam (1974), Charitraheen (1974), Dil Deewaana (1974)… I have already listed over 50 movies and we are only into 1974. The list of movies with great R D Burman music runs into hundreds upon hundreds and spans the entire 1970s and also for much of 1980s.

This blog has 467 R D Burman compositions from 178 movies so far which are around 25 % of all R D Burman compositions. R D Burman composed
some 1755 songs in 331 movies so we still have lots of great R D Burman compositions not yet covered in the blog.

As a tribute to R D Burman, here is a song from “Do Chor” (1972). This song is sung by Lata. Majrooh Sultanpuri is the lyricist.

The song is picturised on Tanuja, Dharmendra and several actors playing hippies.

Lyrics of this song were sent to me by Prakashchandra.
This is the fifth and final song from “Do Chor”(1972) to appear in the blog. With this song “Do Chor”(1972) joins the list of movies that have all their songs covered in the blog.

PS-The song has words that sound like “lak tunoo tunoo” that appear many times. What do these words mean ?



Song-Yaari ho gayi yaar se (Do Chor)(1972) Singer-Lata, Lyrics-Majrooh Sultanpuri, MD-R D Burman

Lyrics(Provided by Prakashchandra)

yaari ho gayee
haan yaari ho gayee

yaari ho gayee yaar se lakk tunoo tunoo
yaari ho gayee yaar se lakk tunoo tunoo
pyaar ko kaam kyaa jhoothhey sansaar se
ho yaari ho gayee yaar se lakk tunoo tunoo
haan yaari ho gayee yaar se lakk tunoo tunoo
pyaar ko kaam kyaa jhoothhey sansaar se
haan yaari ho gayee yaar se lakk tunoo tunoo
ho yaari ho gayee yaar se lakk tunoo tunoo

oas mein bheegey bheegey
aakaash ke taley
jaane hum jal jaanaa
lagkar yaar ke seene se
ho choor thhakan se hoke
jab saans na chaley
hamko jeevan mil jaataa hai
zeher ke peene se
jeete hain
pyaar se
marte hain pyaar se
yaari ho gayee yaar se lakk tunoo tunoo
oon oon oon
oon oon
yaar se lakk tunoo tunoo

dharam sadaa apnaa toh
hansnaa bolnaa
luknaa chhuppnaa
kyaa jaanen hum oat mein aanchal ki
ho karam sadaa apnaa toh
khul ke dolnaa
lehraati bainyyaan hain aur ye
taal hain paayal ki
har gali
prem jhankaar se ae
yaari ho gayee yaar se lakk tunoo tunoo
ho yaari ho gayee yaar se lakk tunoo tunoo
pyaar ko kaam kyaa jhoothhey sansaar se
haan yaari ho gayee yaar se lakk tunoo tunoo

2 Responses to "Yaari ho gayi yaar se lak tunoo tunoo"

Congratulations Atul ji – Prakash ji on covering all songs of ‘Do Chor -1972’ and its joining to the ‘ list of movies – all songs covered’ 🙂

Thanks for the post !!!



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